Fellow Ghosthead and writer, Mr. Holmes, interviewed Harold Ramis for the then soon-to-be-released GB video game. The interview, much edited down, did run in a long deceased magazine, so Holmes has opted to share the love online – here’s the full interview from 2009!
Red Bubble user, DilettantO, lucked out (from what I can tell) – the same day in 1988 he was visiting Liberty Island, Ghostbusters 2 production was shooting the final scene of the film, in which the team is honored by the city, finally. The scene was quite elaborate initially, only to be cut down to a quick glimpse at the end of the film as it fades to black and the main credits roll. Given how little we’re able to see in the final film, getting to see these amazing, crisp, 35mm slides is a revelation!
In Dec ‘88 I got to go to NYC for the first time, courtesy of Random House, as I was doing the Thomas The Tank Engine book illustrations for them at the time. On this trip, not only was Gorbachev in town meeting with Ronnie Raygun (sic) but Ghostbusters II was being filmed in the city. I took myself out to Liberty Island and was lucky enough to go up inside the statue (which isn’t allowed anymore). I have some great shots of that which I will post sometime. Coincidentally, they were shooting the final scenes of the movie on Liberty Island when I was out there, so while all this was happening, I got myself into a good position on the ‘plinth’ overlooking the set and slapped on my long lens. I got a few great shots like this one showing Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis. I especially like this one as Ackroyd seems to be looking straight at me. After the shoot, I collared both Murray and Ackroyd for autographs ( not sure where Weaver and Ramis were) . Ackroyd obliged, but Murray demurred, say he was ‘hungry’. Sadly I lost the Ackroyd autograph, but at least I still have the memories and a few pix, plus I know I’m in the aerial shot behind the closing credits in Ghostbusters II, even though only I know I’m there.
The scene had at least one piece of physical comedy, as Louis and Janine make-out on stage… I’m actually kind of glad they cut that bit. Kind of an anti-climax to the film.
Thanks to Glen Yard for spotting the pics!
This… is AWESOME!
Amazing interview footage, promoting Ghostbusters, with Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ivan Reitman. The guy who uploaded them on YouTube cut out the Ghostbusters clips, and separated the interviews – I’m not even sure I have them in the right order yet – but it’s still over 20 minutes of footage!
Movieweb has a short Q&A with Harold Ramis about a third Ghostbusters film. A lot of it is stuff we’ve heard before, just expounded on. Also, he shoots down a couple of rumours – the third movie will focus on the Mayan calendar and the end-of-the-world and new Ghostbusters to add to the team (everybody is a possibility, nobody is signed.)
Can you share anything about Dr. Egon’s life in 2012? Is he having a hard time dealing with the effects of the Mayan Calendar? Has he found love? Does he have a kid?
Harold Ramis: I had two initial first instincts. One was that Egon had become a shaved head Buddhist monk. That is not going to happen. The thing that I pitched for my character is that he’s been living in Geneva, and he works for the Institute of Imaginary Science. The work we are doing doesn’t require any conceptual, intellectual, special, or mathematical models for what we are doing. Even we don’t know what we are doing. It’s that theoretical.
He also attributes to the popularity of the franchise and the current possibility of a third movie to Dan Aykroyd, which was not only classy, but absolutely correct.
It’s Dan Aykroyd. He has been keeping this idea alive. This is his original concept, and he’s wanted to do this for a while. He even wrote a spec script years ago. The twenty-fifth anniversary came, we had the new Blu-ray, and the videogame release, and people still seem so very excited about this movie. The response from the game was tremendous. Everywhere I went, people were asking about it. I thought, why not? Why can’t there be a Ghostbusters 3? I have to remind people that they didn’t like Ghostbusters 2 very much. But they still seem to want a third one. Finally, Murray said yes. I thought, “Well, we have a good script. Why not?” Ivan Reitman said yes. It came be done. It can happen.
Understandably pleased with themselves, Making Of sat down with Harold Ramis, moved him onto the topic of Ghostbusters 3, and kept him there for 7 minutes – easily the longest he’s talked about it to date.
Haven’t had a chance to watch all the way through, but apparently he touches on a lot of solid points, like the role of CGI in the movie, the old script, etc.